kids thanksgiving craft: paddle turkey

November 15, 2010

This little guy was easy and fun to make. I keep referring to my "best thanksgiving crafts for kids" list that I made last Thanksgiving. It was essentially a list of crafts I wanted to do, but didn't get around to last year. So far this year, we have tackled a few projects like the thumbprint turkeys.
the ingredients
I found this paddle about 2 days after thanksgiving and have kept it in my craft box all year for just this project! We finally busted it out the other day and made our turkey. I cut out the feathers and features and let Juliet arrange them.

However, as is usually the case, she grew tired of this project after glueing one feather on. So I finished it. Then she asked if we could glue sequins onto it--why not? I gave her the glue and she happily glued a few down until the dried glue on her fingers was more interesting than the actual craft.

So, to finish, I placed the glue dots and she then put a sequin on top.
At first I put him on the cabinet, but thought he needed a more stable location...
So I moved him up here--which was really hard to get a picture of. But I'm glad I did, because a few days later, he jumped off the ledge and lost a few feathers in the process. Nothing a little hot glue can't fix.

Cranberry Thanksgiving
While not about turkeys in particular, this is the one new Thanksgiving book that we got this year. Cranberry Thanksgiving by Harry Devlin
Over the River and Through the Wood
We are also enjoying Over the River and Through the Wood which we got last year--a song book is always nice!
Over the River: A Turkey's Tale
Over the River: A Turkey's Tale
Which leads me to this book which I have not read, but actually goes with the turkey craft that we did together. I will be looking for this one next year! Has anyone read it? What do you think? Worth checking out?

Linking to pink hippo party and these parties...


The Doyles said...

My kids love the Over the River: A Turkey's Tale. We got it from the Library and it is a sure buy for next year.

Christy said...

I LOVE the paddle turkey!!!!!

Kristie at The said...

very cute! kinda reminds me of elf-on-a-shelf in turkey form! and i really like the retro mushroom canisters i spied on top of the cabinets . . .

Jennifer said...

Too stinkin' cute!!!!!

Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

The paddle is indeed the perfect turkey body shape! I'll be on the lookout for one now - if I don't find it this week, I'll be saving it all year like you!

Jeni said...

Hi Vanessa,

I just found out I needed to plan a craft for my son's harvest party next week. I love the turkey. Do you think it would work for 2nd graders?


Jill said...

This is so awesome! I absolutely love it. My thanksgiving is already over (I'm Canadian), but I'll definitely be putting this craft on my list for next year.

AmieAnn said...

This is stinkin adorable! I love the colors and that he is made from a paddle! Hope you link him to my Pink Hippo party @

vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

Kristie--the mushroom canisters are ones my mom had from the 70s! She was throwing them out, but I snatched them up just in time!

Jeni--I think 2nd graders would love this and actually be able to complete the project! My daughter is only 3, so her attention span is still pretty small when it comes to gluing on feathers.

Anne, I hope you find a paddle soon! :)

Michelle said...

This is a really cute idea - thanks so much for sharing!

Stuff by Ash said...

Such a cute clever project! Love the bright colors. Thanks for sharing, found at Tot Tuesdays.

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Very cute! The crafts I finish, always turn out the best. lol. Cranberry Thanksgiving is one of my FAVORITES and isn't in print any longer, so great find!

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